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As an environmental public policy mediator, my work extends across a broad range of issues that are important for creating resilient communities and a healthy environment in the context of social equity. My expertise is designing and facilitating community-based research, innovative and robust community engagement, collaborative problem solving, consensus building, and strategic planning. In recent years a primary focus has been initiating and leading projects that will advance both Virginia’s coastal resilience and sustainable food systems. My portfolio is rounded by work on climate adaptation, environmental justice, organizational strategic planning, and an initiative to develop guidance to help communities and institutions address deep conflict surrounding race, memorials, and public spaces.
In recent years my teaching has taken the form of designing and conducting training for professionals, ranging from planners and landscape architects to regulators, cultural and natural resources managers, historic preservationists, and transportation specialists. My trainings provide both theory and hands-on practice in interest-based approaches to negotiation and conflict management, community engagement, process design, facilitation, as well as building self-awareness about styles of conflict management to enhance personal effectiveness. In past years at the School, I have taught Food Systems Planning, Group Facilitation, and Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills. I co-founded and serve as teaching faculty for the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.
Windward Climate Resilience Fund Grant, $110K, for the RAFT (2018).
Department of Environmental Quality 309 Grant, $50K, for the RAFT (2017).
Virginia Environmental Endowment Grant, $20K, for the RAFT (2017).
Kellogg Foundation, $399K, for Transforming Community Spaces (2017).
Women in History award, Daughters of the American Revolution, Shadwell, VA (2016).
Reclaiming Our Food: named by Booklist “One of top 10 books on the environment in 2012."
Reclaiming Our Food: selected as a “common reader” by Southern Illinois University in 2012.
Reclaiming Our Food: Nautilus Gold Green Living Award, for books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, positive social change, stimulate the imagination, and offer new possibilities for a better life and a better world (2012).
Merit Award, Virginia Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, for excellence in training Virginia’s leaders to address community conflicts on natural resources and environmental issues (2002).
Urban Forestry Award to Greener Harrisonburg, Shenandoah Soil and Water Conservation Districts (1994).
U.S. Department of Labor Award for Distinguished Achievement, for outstanding service in promoting international standards on trade union rights, and for vital contribution to the continuing review of United States policy toward Poland (1984).